Today JSC «558 Aircraft Repair Plant» is one of the few enterprises in the post-soviet area that provides a wide range of services for the repair and upgrade of various types of aircraft.
Specializing in the repair and modernization of aviation equipment the company to be seeking to develop new markets so it diversifies the export of manufactured services and products. To this end JSC “558 ARP” expands its activities, increases the range of goods and services and improves the production base. Today one of the priority areas for the development of the enterprise is to build up capacities for the production of parts and components for aircraft.
Since 2014 the company has been implementing a program for the production of parts, assembly units and components of aircraft for the benefit of aircraft manufacturing enterprises. So the company manufactures more than sixty types of units of liquid-gas systems for Be-200 amphibious aircraft (PJSC «TANTK” named after G.M. Beriev») as follows: doors hydraulic cylinders, doors locks, emergency open hydraulic cylinders and landing gear locks.
Since 2017 JSC “558 ARP” has been manufacturing airframe and landing gear parts for La-8 and Borey amphibious aircraft in the interests of “NPO Aerovolga” LLC (Samara). With a high degree of concentration of production capacities, intellectual and financial resources, JSC “558 ARP” offers its customers the GAVIA complex — special versions of La-8 and Borey amphibious aircraft (search and rescue, patrol, aerial and laser scanning of the earth’s surface, etc.).
Amphibious aircraft included in the GAVIA coast guard complex manufactured by JSC “558 ARP” are not tied to airfield base, have a take-off weight of 650 kg (two-seater “Borey”) and 2700 kg (eight-seater La-8), have high operational flexibility, cost-effectiveness , solve a wide range of tasks, easy to be technically maintained and on the ground.
The GAVIA complex includes a ground-based control center that receives and transmits information onliner (control and operational correction by crew actions).
The main tasks of GAVIA are patrolling and tracking territories, protecting the territorial sea, the continental shelf, the fishing zone and fishing areas, monitoring compliance with international shipping agreements, assisting ships and aircraft in distress, conducting search and rescue and special operations, and preventing smuggling activities at sea, environmental protection and pollution control.
Amphibious aircraft from the GAVIA complex are equipped with systems for conducting video reconnaissance day and night with the possibility of transmitting the coordinates of objects of observation in real time, performing search operations, including at night with the use of infrared equipment, installation of beacons to indicate areas of search operations and environmental disasters, delivery and landing of special forces with weapons.
The GAVIA amphibious aircraft visual observation system is a gyro-stabilized scanning and search system that allows you to carry out round-the-clock surveillance and object search in any weather conditions, target detection and recognition, and the use of unguided weapons and aviation weapons.
The frame of amphibious aircraft is made of composite materials, the metal components are made of corrosion-resistant aluminum alloys and stainless steel.
The aircraft instrument panel is equipped with multi-functional indicators; the aircraft flight and navigation equipment kit also includes: an aircraft transponder, an autopilot, a radio altimeter, a backup instrument unit, an audio panel and a weather radar to indicate to the crew coordinates, angular position, range and degree of danger of hydrometeorological formations. The aircraft is controlled by the steering wheel and pedals.
For aerial photography and laser scanning of the surface, the La-8 is equipped with an air laser scanner and an air scanner for large-scale topographic mapping of areal and linear objects at the scales of 1: 2000, 1: 5000, 1: 10000.
The volume of the technical compartment of an amphibious aircraft allows the operator to have access to equipment in flight. A multifunctional indicator for operation with equipment is mounted on the instrument panel.
The control of the lens (camera) is carried out from laptop computers connected by cables. Recording is performed at altitudes from 500 to 4000 m and speeds of 120-200 km / h.
The equipment has its own GPS receiver and inertial system, which directly carries the main equipment control. GPS provides information about the location of the aircraft, and the inertial system provides information about the spatial position of the aircraft (roll, pitch, heading).
Also in this modification of the amphibious aircraft, digital video cameras with a viewing angle of 120 degrees are installed to perform surface monitoring.
Simplicity of operation and maintenance, low cost of one flight hour, low requirements for pilot qualification, versatility (operation on water and on land), high level of safety — these are indisputable advantages of amphibious aircraft, which are the main elements of the coastal security complex of JSC “558 ARP».
Currently, the market for patrol aircraft and marine surveillance is showing steady growth. According to experts, the annual market growth until 2026 will be about 7.4%.
The main reason for the growth of the market was the achievement of service life deadlines and the need to replace the fleet of aircraft in service, as well as geopolitical factors associated with the aggravation of territorial disputes between countries in the Asia-Pacific region (APR).
The different financial and economic situation of the Asia-Pacific countries does not allow the purchase of specialized complexes that place high demands on the ground infrastructure, maintenance of the complex and, as a result, leading to high operating costs. Therefore, global manufacturers offer various options on less expensive platforms for passenger regional aircraft and business jets with both turboprop and turbojet engines. They use open architecture, offering integration of a wide range of real-time on-board intelligence and surveillance equipment to meet customer requirements. However, for the most part these are aircraft with a sufficiently large take-off mass (more than 10 tons), while they are deprived of the possibility of take-off and landing on the water surface.
The undoubted advantages of the GAVIA complex allow you to direct the complex towards countries that have pre-developed specific requirements for the complexes, but have limited financial capabilities.